On the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade New York State passed a law to protect women’s access to abortion if the historic case is ever overturned: “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion. With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body.”
New York’s Reproductive Health Act also removes abortion from the state’s criminal code protecting medical professionals who carry out abortions from criminal prosecution.
The law also addresses late-term abortions stating that they can be performed after 24 weeks if the fetus is not viable or to protect the life of the mother.
Democratic Senator Kamala Harris has announced she will run for president in the 2020 election.
The Californian senator who previously served as the state’s attorney general said on a video posted to twitter: “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for American values. That’s why I’m running for president of the United States.”
The 2020 Democratic presidential primary will be the first time more than one woman competes for the party’s nomination as there are currently four women running national campaigns!
US singer Chris Brown has been released without charge in Paris after being questioned on suspicion of rape.
Brown was arrested after a 24-year-old woman alleged he sexually assaulted her at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on 15th January.
Brown denied any wrongdoing on Instagram: “I wanna make it perfectly clear, this is false.”
He also posted a picture that said “this bitch lyin’.”
He intends to sue for defamation.
Police in Arizona have arrested the nurse they believe sexually assaulted a patient who was in a vegetative state and recently gave birth.
Nathan Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse who was responsible for taking care of the victim when the sexual assault took place, was charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of abusing a vulnerable adult.
He is being held in jail while police are investigating whether he assaulted any other patients.
The Sony-owned RCA record label have ended their working relationship with R Kelly and have removed him from the list of artists on its website.
Earlier this week protesters swarmed Sony’s headquarters in New York holding signs demanding that the company drop Kelly.
They also delivered a petition with more than 20,000 signatures calling for RCA to cut ties with the singer.
Rebecca Gerber, senior director of engagement at Care2, issued this statement: “We applaud the label for taking the right step in the face of public outcry over its ties to him, and implore other corporations and artists to do the same. R Kelly is a serial sexual predator and has no place in the music industry — or in any industry.”